HS Weekly Bulletin | January 25, 2019
Posted 01/25/2019 10:00AM


Student musicians performed at Thursday’s assembly.

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination and life to everything.

- Plato

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 25 Winter Photography Exhibition Reception • 16:00, Palmer Center
Friday, January 25–Sunday, January 27 Winter Photography Exhibition • Palmer Center
Monday, February 4 No classes for MS and HS
Tuesday, February 5 TASIS Speaker Series: Mike Lesslie • 19:00, Palmer Center
Friday, February 8 Parent and Board of Directors Reception • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
Monday, February 11—Friday, February 15 International Week
Wednesday, February 13 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Saturday, February 23—Friday, March 1 Spring Academic Travel
Monday, March 4 Yearbook portrait retakes

Winter Photography Exhibition on Display This Weekend

The TASIS Cultural Events Program and Fine Arts Department are pleased to present the Winter Photography Exhibition in the Palmer Center this weekend. The exhibition opens with a reception in the Palmer Center this afternoon at 16:00 (refreshments will be served) and will run all weekend. It will feature photographs from more than 70 students, including works in progress by AP, IB, and other advanced students. This exhibition is open to the public.

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a movie and games in De Nobili or a trip to see Hockey Club Lugano on Friday evening, a day trip to Zurich or a table tennis tournament on Saturday, and a Foxtown shopping trip or study break social on Sunday. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.

Yoga Marathon Raises Thousands for Children of Zambia

Dear TASIS Community,

I would like to thank each and every one of you who joined the Yoga Marathon and supported a great cause. Although the final figures are still being tallied as some additional payments and donations come in, it looks as though we will raise around CHF 3000 for the Serving Southern Africa GSP group!

I would like to thank Mr. Chris Nikoloff, our Headmaster, for giving me the opportunity to hold the Yoga Marathon at TASIS. I also want to extend a big THANK YOU to our TASIS personale and kitchen staff for their help in making the event run as smoothly as possible. Thank you also to all the yoga teachers who helped make this event a success, and, last but not least, a special thanks goes to my colleague and friend Ms. Carol Hinchliff, whose tireless work behind the scenes made all of our jobs a lot easier.

I do hope to make this an annual event in order to continue raising money for the less fortunate children in Zambia, so I hope you can all join us next year!

With gratitude,

Mara Bernasconi

Advisor Meetings and Assembly Next Week

In advisor meetings and assembly next week, students will discuss the power of meditation, analyze PSAT results, have their first Spring Academic Travel meetings, and continue meeting with the college counselors.

Athletics Update

Upcoming Athletic Contests
January 26 Varsity Girls Basketball • ISSL Tournament ISZL
January 26 Varsity Badminton • SGIS Doubles TASIS
January 27 Swimming • SGIS ISBasel
February 1–2 Junior Varsity Girls Basketball • SGIS Tournament TASIS
February 5 Varsity Badminton • NISSA Singles TASIS
February 9 Varsity Badminton • ESC Tournament TASIS
February 9 Varsity Boys Basketball • NISSA Tournament SE (Scuola Europa)
Recent Athletic Results
January 18 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. ASMilan Loss: Results
January 19 Varsity Badminton • ISSL Tournament 2nd Place: Results
January 22 Varsity Boys Basketball vs. ASMilan Win: Results

Global Service Program News: Moldova

Moldova is Europe’s least-visited and poorest country, with more than 400,000 people trying to survive on less than $1.25 per day. Founded in 2017, the Moldova GSP group works with EcoVisio Moldova, a growing community of changemakers dedicated to realizing the full potential of their region as a model of sustainable development.

The Moldova group will be running a Dodgeball Tournament and Pizza Party for ES students on Saturday and will sponsor the following events in the High School next week:

No-Uniform Day on Friday, February 1
Tickets sold in De Nobili during lunch Monday–Thursday for CHF 5
Tickets sold at Reception on Friday for CHF 10

Bake Sale on Friday, February 1
Baked goods for sale in De Nobili throughout lunch

Elevator Pass Raffle
Two elevator passes will be raffled off at the end of the week
Tickets sold in De Nobili during lunch Monday–Friday for CHF 2

All proceeds from the week will be donated to EcoVisio Moldova and will go a long way toward helping the people of Riscova, the tiny village in central Moldova that 10–15 TASIS students will visit for a week in April.

College Counseling News

Upcoming College Representative Visits

Interested 12th-grade students should register via Naviance to attend the meetings. All other students can send an email to college@tasis.ch to register.

Standardized Testing Information

TASIS 2018-2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule (recently modified)

  • SAT Registration Deadline Reminders
  • ACT Information
    • The last 2018-2019 ACT administered at TASIS will be on February 9 (the registration period has closed)
    • Additional ACT administrations are available at other testing centers:
      • April 13—register by March 8
      • June 8—register by May 3
  • Spring TOEFL administrations:

Franklin University Academic Summit
Saturday, February 16, from 11:00–18:30 at Franklin University
Topic: “Climate Change: Swiss realities and Swiss future”

  • This program is open to students who would like to explore this topic while interacting with university students and professors.
  • For more information, call 091 986 3613 or email info@fus.edu. Please use this link to register or learn more.

Join Us for Mike Lesslie’s TSS Address on February 5

This is a reminder that the next TASIS Speaker Series (TSS) event will be a visit from distinguished screenwriter and playwright Mike Lesslie, who will address the senior class on Tuesday, February 5, at 19:00 in the Palmer Center. Mr. Lesslie is best known for writing the screenplays for major film productions of Macbeth (2015) and Assassin's Creed (2016) and has also amassed many playwright credits.

In partnership with the TPA, TASIS is opening all TSS events to parents who would like to attend the lectures. Any parents who would like to attend Mr. Lesslie's address on February 5 should send an email to TSS Committee Chair Peter Locke to reserve a seat.

Recommended Taxi Service for TASIS Students

In our ongoing effort to ensure that our students are as safe as possible, we continue to monitor local taxi services in the area. Although we cannot require students to use a particular service, we do strongly recommend that they use Nuovo TAXI Lugano, which has a strong reputation and requires all its drivers to undergo background checks before they are hired. We ask you to please support our efforts by encouraging your children to use Nuovo TAXI and to avoid hiring private drivers who are not vetted by a parent company.

Public buses are also a safe, efficient, and economical way to travel around Lugano, and there is a bus stop right outside the main entrance to campus. Students can check timetables at postauto.ch/en and purchase tickets at Reception in De Nobili.

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